Join Us And Dig Mount Zion in 2015!


Announcing our 2015 Mt Zion Excavation Season

June 14 through July 10th 2015

Registration is now open for both student and non-student participation in our 2015 Mt Zion Excavation. UNC Charlotte is the only American university excavating in the historic Old City of Jerusalem and our site is rich with material remains from all periods of habitation–Iron Age, Herodian/Roman, Byzantine, Muslim, Crusader, and Ottoman. There is no excavation like it in all of Jerusalem.

We ask that applicants dig with us a minimum of two weeks but those who can stay longer are encouraged to do so. Many of our participants come for the entire four weeks. Participants of any age over 18 are welcome to apply with no previous experience or background required other than good health and an enthusiasm and willingness to take part. The Mount Zion excavation is run as a field school and all team members receive specialized training from the directors and area supervisors as part of their participation.

Photo courtesy of Joel Kramer

Photo courtesy of Joel Kramer

We have two tracks for registration and participation:

I. A University academic credit option for UNC Charlotte Students or students registered at any accredited U.S. University. This program includes a course taught by Dr. Tabor with 3 semester hours credit (transferable through UNC Charlotte) and runs two weeks, June 14 through 28. The program cost includes lodging at the Gloria Hotel (including breakfast and lunch), tuition, special lectures, and tours, but airfare is extra and arranged by the students themselves. It is administered through our UNC Charlotte Education Abroad office. Full information and links to register are here:

II. Non-student or non-credit option for any participants over age 18 and in good health. A “dig fee” of $250 per week (discounted to $200 for previous participants or those who stay four weeks), with a two week minimum stay. Lodging, airfare, and meals are arranged by each individual but we encourage our team members to stay at the Gloria Hotel where we have arranged special discounted group rates (single, double, and triple options), or a slightly cheaper option at the German Lutheran Hospice nearby. For details, questions, and an application form write our administrator Mareike Grosser at¬†Prospective participants are also encouraged to interact with others on our Facebook group page (anyone can ask to join the group) to arrange roommates, ask questions of former participants, and gather details on the history of our operations:

You can also find more information on our dig, photos, and past discoveries at our official web site:

Mt of Olives Looking East

Mt of Olives Looking East, Mt Zion Site as it Appeared in 1880